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Online M.S. in Accounting: Career Outlook

Prepare for Accounting Roles with Impressive Earning Potential

136K New Jobs Annually1

100% Online MSA Program

  • Fill the accountant shortage. Meet the urgent demand for accounting professionals — and capitalize on rising salaries.2
  • Gain specialized expertise. Our curriculum delves into concepts relevant to governmental, nonprofit and financial accounting roles.
  • Establish career connections. EOU’s engaged alumni and employer networks support your success after graduation.

Gain advanced expertise to stand out for in-demand accounting roles with the online Master of Science in Accounting program from Eastern Oregon University. You’ll take courses led by experienced faculty, receiving guidance for achieving your goals after attaining your master’s degree online.

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Gain Specialized Abilities for Your Accounting Career

Government Accountant1 $77,290 per year

Finance Accountant1 $79,310 rate of pay

Accounting Manager3 $78,371 per year

Budget Analyst4 $79,940 per year

Business Manager5 $64,965 per year

Corporate Controller6 $108,244 per year

Capitalize on the Rising Demand for Accounting Professionals

Overseeing finances puts accountants at the heart of every organization. Even so, there has been an accountant shortage recently, motivating many companies to offer higher wages for these roles.2 Seeking your M.S. in Accounting degree online with EOU helps you benefit from this wage growth and the job security of a field projected to add about 136,400 jobs each year from 2021 to 2031.1

  • U.S. employers are expected to need more than 1.5 million accounting professionals by 20311
  • The top 10 percent of accountant and auditor salaries exceed $128,000 per year1
  • Offering high salaries and a low unemployment rate, accountant is one of the 75 best jobs in America, according to U.S. News & World Report7

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

After attaining your M.S. in Accounting degree online, you’ll be able to:

  • Perform advanced analysis of financial statements and accounting data
  • Make competent managerial decisions in complex situations using accounting and financial data
  • Report results of advanced financial analysis and accounting activity to stakeholders both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate adequate preparation to take accounting positions in governmental, quasi-governmental and not-for-profit organizations
  • Integrate advanced accounting knowledge within the broader context of governmental, quasi-governmental and not-for-profit organizations

Skills You’ll Gain

The core and elective courses help you build skills in these and other areas:

  • Accounting ethics
  • Administrative law
  • Budgeting
  • Data analytics
  • Decision-making
  • Financial management and reporting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Managerial finance
  • Results reporting
  • Taxation and business strategies

Career Support

Prepare for the role you want with the career support services offered by Eastern Oregon University. As a student and a graduate, you’ll benefit from a variety of services designed to help you stand out among employers and succeed professionally in your field.

Career Services

Eastern Oregon University Career Services offers in-person coaching and online resources to help students broaden their career choices and understand the value of their education in relation to employment. This includes outreach to all students in all academic programs, on and off campus, coupled with outreach to employers, service providers and government agencies.

Fieldwork/Practicum through EOU’s Career Services

EOU offers diverse fieldwork and practicum opportunities each term that allow students the mechanism to earn college credit tied directly to their current employment.

Career Readiness: Resume and Cover Letter Assistance

EOU Career Services has a robust collection of tutorials available to students, including information on resumes, cover letters, interview skills and soft skills.


Along with over 1,200 other universities and colleges, EOU is part of the Handshake network that houses jobs, careers and internships around the nation.

Learn more about career support services here.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Accountants and Auditors.” Retrieved February 14, 2023, from
  2. The Wall Street Journal. “Struggling to Find Accountants, Businesses Boost Salary Offers, Hire Temporary Workers.” Retrieved February 14, 2023, from
  3. Payscale. “Average Accounting Manager Salary.” Retrieved February 14, 2023, from
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Budget Analysts.” Retrieved February 14, 2023, from
  5. Payscale. “Average Business Manager Salary.” Retrieved February 14, 2023, from
  6. Payscale. “Average Corporate Controller Salary.” Retrieved February 14, 2023, from
  7. U.S. News & World Report. “Accountant Overview – Best Jobs.” Retrieved February 10, 2023, from